Jan Newberry

Jan Newberry is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Lethbridge and Program Coordinator of the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology. Her area of expertise is Indonesia and Southeast Asia. Her field work in Yogyakarta, focusing on houses and domestic space, particularly their relation to community and state formation, forms the basis of Back Door Java (2006). As a result of her book and her continuing work on the family in local settings, she has been awarded two prestigious Visiting Research Fellowships, one at the Asia Research Institute (ARI) at the National University in Singapore (September 2007-April 2008) and the other at the KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies at Leiden, the Netherlands (April-September 2008).

Newberry not only provides our link with USC-SATUNAMA but connects us with her continuing research on the interaction between state mechanisms of control and local practices and initiatives. She was instrumental in organizing the research trip that she and Christine Koggel took in June 2006 to Indonesia. There they observed and worked with USC-SATUNAMA, a non-profit, non-governmental organization that does empowerment work in various sectors and regions of Indonesia.